Both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley were loved by millions of women – and both happily enjoyed numerous affairs throughout their careers (and marriages). But what happened when one of them was sleeping with the other’s girlfriend? Old Blue Eyes has an entire evening devoted to his career and his TV appearance tonight on BBC2. In addition to his radio, recording, film, and Rat Pack fame, he was a major television personality, providing his own light show entertainment in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Elvis was the biggest and hottest star in the world. On May 12, 1960, the singer celebrated King’s March 5 return from military service with a special edition of The Frank Sinatra Show.
Elvis is fitting in between his busy shooting schedule for the new movie, GI Blues. The two men were all smiles, playing their rivalry, joking and even performing medleys of each other’s songs — despite everything the host had said about their guest in the past, and everything that was going on behind the scenes.
During the performance, Sinatra was dancing with Elvis, although he said only two years ago about rock and roll: discontent with hearing .. It almost completely feeds the negative and destructive reactions of young people, and it smells false and false.
“It’s mostly sung, played, and written by rotten idiots and by its near-idiot repetitions and smutty lyrics—in plain, dirty truth—and, as I said before, manages to be the military music of every sideburned delinquent on earth…that’s exciting.” For a stinking aphrodisiac I regret.”
Watch Elvis on the Frank Sinatra show below.
Behind the scenes, Elvis was having a passionate sexual relationship with Juliet Prowse, even though he had just left future wife Priscilla Beaulieu in Germany and was still officially dating co-star Anita Wood in the States.
Actress and dancer Prause has been with Sinatra since they met the previous year on the set of the musical Can-Can. The singer was instantly smitten so much that he hosted her on his national television show as a backing singer. He would even sing some numbers live to her.
However, in April 1960 Prowse began filming G.I. Blues with Elvis, playing a nightclub dancer. As often happened, the king soon began an affair with his beautiful co-star.
“Elvis and I were having an affair… We had a sexual attraction like two healthy young men, but he was really a victim of his fans. We always met in his room and never went out,” Prause said.
Unusually, she also openly declared at the time that Sinatra knew about it.
Prause, who was 24 at the time, added, “Frank and I are two grown-up people. We don’t go with this young teen punk who’s all about stability and all that jazz.”
In fact, their relationship only intensified after her breakup with Elvis. She would also join Sinatra when he had engagements in Las Vegas and he proposed to her in 1962.
The three stars became friends when they all headlined their own shows at Casino Mecca. Years later, John’s publicist, friend and journalist Chris Hitchens revealed a frank conversation in which Sinatra admitted that he had tried to save the king.
“Tom Jones and I met up for a drink with him in New York and he told us he had just been on the phone with Elvis,” Hitchens said.
King was hospitalized in August 1975, as liver problems worsened due to his excessive drug use. Friends and family began to worry about him, prompting his co-star to make an unusual intervention.
Hitchens described Sinatra telling them, “When I called the hospital in Memphis, I asked the girl at the keyboard: Who’s calling?” And when I answered her, “Frank Sinatra,” I expected her to say, “Oh, yeah, and I’m Queen of England,” or some such stupid sentence.
But she must have recognized my voice because, a few seconds later, Elvis came on the line.
“I told him he should take care of himself and stop messing around. He’s too young to die, and I told him so.”
Tragically, Elvis died exactly two years later on August 16, 1977. The cause of his death was due to heart failure, exacerbated by the prolonged overuse of prescribed and systemic medications. He was, indeed, very young at only 42 years old.
Frank Sinatra pm on BBC2 tonight from 7.35pm